Act of Gay Salutes Gay Heroes and Heroines! – Go Montenegro!

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Take a second and imagine what it must be like to be the first public figure to ever come out of the closet in your country.  The first!  Well, in the tiny but beautiful country of Montenegro, this only happened two years ago!  This very macho part of ex Yugoslavia seemed to live in a state of blissful ignorance about their LGBT people until the emergence of Zdravko Cimbaljevic, an extremely brave man, a hero, who came out to his family and country following a violent homophobic attack against him.

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image of zdravko cimbaljevic from blic.rs

Despite being disowned by his own father, he’s moved forward to become a human rights leader for LGBT people in Montenegro and was one of the organizers of this week’s first Pride march there.

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Unfortunately, when you live in a country that is heavily steeped in patriarchal tradition, where any traits considered feminine would be something for a man to be ashamed of, this is what a Pride march has to look like.  Despite police protection, the marchers were subjected to a torrent of abuse and violence from ignorant and bigoted protesters.

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This was the picture of intolerance and hate that the brave Montenegrin Pride marchers had to face down.  It has been said many times recently that while equality spreads across some parts of the ‘west’; the USA and Western Europe, other parts of the world seem to be seeing an increase in homophobia and violence.  But for a country like Montenegro, this is not a good idea as they are trying to gain recognition in the European Union and this may prove to be a bitter set back.  You truly can judge a country by how it treats its vulnerable citizens and who wants a country that allows thugs and idiots to attack people expressing themselves freely.

In a classic act of closing the stable door after the horse has bolted and is 10 miles down the road, the Prime Minister of Montenegro said,

that his government “supports protection of human rights for all people without difference.”

The EU Wants You to Be Nice

Because Montenegro clearly has not experienced the power of the gay yet and because some of them appear too stupid to understand what being nice to people means, Act of Gay feels obliged to draw their attention to things that happen to countries that are not nice to their gays.

For example, roads can be easily washed away with a bit of flooding.

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Oh whoopsie.  You wouldn’t want an Act of Gay to make that any worse now would you?

Being Nice Can Prevent Landslides

Now of course Act of Gay could get upset enough to do other things that would make life uncomfortable. As well as landslides, we are always good friends with Mother Nature (as she is actually a naughty little lesbian thing) and we were just discussing the weather in Montenegro.  How would you like a heatwave?   Oh well, blame your nasty homophobes as they are the ones who brought you into the Act of Gay radar.  How about over 105 F or 40C. That hot enough for you?  That might make more men take off their shirts and then, who knows what might happen?

Getting Hot in Montenegro?

Or we could get down and dirty and make sure that the name of Montenegro is not just sullied and embarrassed internationally by dirty rabble throwing stones at people because they are different.  We could point out that Montenegro seems to be associated with international smuggling and well, that won’t make EU citizens likely to support any moves to bring Montenegro into the EU now will it?

Cigarette Smuggling? Really? Anyone for a fag?

Well Montenegro, Act of Gay is giving you some fair warning here.  OK, we’re sending a bit of international humiliation and bad weather your way, but we’d really love you to play nice.  Appreciate your LGBT people.  You have a beautiful country and they just make it even more beautiful.  If you don’t, you’re going to look like a bunch of ass backwards, uneducated and bigoted fools.  Your choice.

Meanwhile, we would like to invite our Act of Gayers to listen to this inspiring interview with Zdravko Cimbaljevic about coming out to his family and country, why and how that has affected  his life.  We salute you Zdravko!

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Do Gays Need Mace in Macedonia

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Ok Act of Gayers, let’s be honest.  How many of you have ever heard of the Republic of Macedonia?  It’s likely that not many of you have.  So, first we’ll start with a little bit of geography and history. Macedonia used to be part of the country called Yugoslavia, until NATO bombed it and split the country into new countries.  None of these countries are known to be particularly nice to gays, but Macedonia has been particularly not nice recently and therefore has earned the ire of Act of Gay.

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Macedonia is currently struggling to be accepted into the European Union. If a country doesn’t seem to be making any effort to be a little bit nice to their gays, why would they want that country in the EU?  Don’t get us wrong, we know that Europe isn’t close to perfect and there are plenty of countries there that haven’t always done the best for their gays, but why add something even more rotten to the stew?

Human Rights Watch has written to the Prime Minister of Macedonia to tell them to start being dear to their queers. After several worrying attacks over pride week in Macedonia with no arrests being made, Boris Dittrich from Human Rights Watch wrote:

“The police have a responsibility to protect all Macedonians, and to investigate all crimes,” Dittrich said. “The prime-minister and the other government ministers should show some political leadership by calling on all Macedonians to halt the anti-LGBTI violence and discrimination.”   “This troubling spate of anti-LGBTI attacks makes it all the more critical for the Macedonian government to take its Council of Europe commitments seriously,” Dittrich said. “The government silence after these attacks, combined with its general disregard for the basic human rights of LGBTI people, contributes to a vicious climate in which hate-filled people believe they can harass and threaten LGBTI rights defenders with impunity.”

Human Rights = Gay Rights

Macedonians are giving the world the impression that they are playground bullies, recently attacking the home of a successful out gay Macedonian actor, Peter Stojkovic, in Macedonia.  But still no action from the police.

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As with many of these stories, there are ironic moments.  Completely unpleasant singer, Esma Redzepova, who claims to be a human rights activist, but clearly she is particular about who she considers human, blamed – guess who?  The gays, when her Eurovision entry didn’t make the semi – finals.  Apparently, it was some sort of gay conspiracy that kept her from making it through to the finals. Or, so she claims.

The charming words of this self proclaimed human rights activist were:

“This is an outrage!  Faggots! This event has been taken over by those who run gay pride parades all over the world. I had heard it all before but that was the first time I saw with my own eyes what’s become of this wonderful music competition. No wonder we did not qualify as it is clear who goes there.”

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Human Non Rights Stupid Woman

Act of Gay would like to stop at this point and allow you, our loyal Act of Gayers, to watch a video of this woman’s entry.  We would suggest that if there truly were a gay conspiracy, she would have won gold with her woman in drag fabulousness and we do hate to admit she is gay fabulous.  But she is.

Now Macedonia that you have pointed the force of Act of Gay in your directions, we’d like to announce that Serbia no longer wants your tomatoes. So Macedonia, you may need to suck on them.

Stuff Your Tomatoes Macedonia

Even though you may not have a tomato shortage, the rest of your food is going up in cost. If only you had thought about being nice to the gays, maybe you wouldn’t be living on tomato soup now.

Bread’s Now Too Expensive to Eat With Your Soup

And now your women’s under 17 soccer team got thrashed by Switzerland on the same day your thugs tried to burn down the LGBT center.  What a surprise. Can’t imagine that Act of Gay weren’t watching.  Sorry girls, but until you can make out in the shower if you want to after a match without risking bullying in Macedonia, you may not score anywhere else.

Soccer Losers in Macedonia

Macedonia, you better buck up and love your gays. They really are a lovely bunch of people and they may just get you into Europe.

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